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Emily was an eco activist before the term was invented.  So how has her legacy spanned three centuries?

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 Conservation • Birds • Campaigning • Art • History
Join the murmuration at Manchester Art Gallery, 12-14 November 

Festival Programme

  • TWO DAY PASS - Emily Williamson Festival
    12 Nov, 18:00 – 13 Nov, 17:00
    Manchester, Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley St, Manchester M2 3JL, UK
    Discover Emily's history & learn about her living legacy: join us for two events, one exhibition and an exciting announcement. Save £ with this pass! £15/£10
  • THE EMILY WILLIAMSON DEBATE
    12 Nov, 18:00 – 20:00
    Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester M2 3JL, UK
    For the first time in British history, women are the key players in our birding institutions. How has this change come about? Why now? And what difference is it making to conservation? MeganMcCubbin hosts Beccy Speight, Juliet Vickery, Patricia Zurita, Amy-Jane Beer & Melissa Bateson £10/£8
  • AUTHOR TALK with TESSA BOASE: The Women Who Saved the Birds
    13 Nov, 14:00 – 15:00
    Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester M2 3JL, UK
    When social historian Tessa Boase asked the RSPB about their Victorian founder, they pleaded a gaping hole in the archives. To a former investigative journalist, this was an irresistible challenge. £8/£6
  • Winning sculptor announced: the Emily Williamson Statue Campaign
    13 Nov, 16:00
    Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester M2 3JL, UK
    FREE EVENT | Manchester Art Gallery Atrium. An exciting moment for the campaign launched one year ago: which of these four maquettes will be chosen for an eventual statue in Fletcher Moss Park? Sculptors Clare Abbatt, Billie Bond, Laury Dizengremel & Eve Shepherd wait to hear how the public voted.
  • VIEW THE WINNING DESIGN
    14 Nov, 10:00 – 17:00
    Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester M2 3JL, UK
    FREE EVENT | Manchester Art Gallery Atrium. Want to see which entry won the Emily Williamson Statue competition? Visit and view the winning 'maquette', destined to stand full-size in Fletcher Moss Park.